The Shakespeare Garden, within the house’s walled gardens, was opened on July 22 1915 by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, WH Bowater.

The Walled Garden known as the Shakespeare Garden is open daily to visitors

Opening times

daily 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
(restrictions may apply on event days)

The one acre Shakespeare garden was converted from the kitchen garden in 1903 and it has survived since that time. The feature was well researched in order to provide a list of plants mentioned in the Shakespeare texts, and was fully restored to its original design, with associated features. The Shakespeare garden was opened 22nd July 1915. The idea behind the Shakespeare garden was the hope that the garden would foster understanding and enthusiasm of William Shakespeare, and whilst not a wholly original idea it was met with a great response. It was laid out in an Elizabethan theme, with box hedges, herb garden, fruit trees, a fishpond, sundial, rustic trellis and seating. The garden was refurbished to the original design by apprentices in 1986 and remains intact. The pond and fountain were reinstated along with rustic pergolas in the centre of the garden.
Today the garden maintains its original features, houses a marquee suitable for private functions and has a permanent Gardener. The roses and topiary are favourites of our visitors.

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Learn more about the plants in the Shakespeare Garden.